Originally from Brittany, Mona Kastell is an ecoscenographer with a strong interest in social and ecological conscious design. Now based in Edinburgh, Scotland, she freelances between Set & Costume design, Body & Face painting, and MKeco, her ethical crafts brand for textile accessories made from theatrical scraps.
Mona has worked as set & costume designer and costume supervisor professionally for over 10 years in theatre, dance, film, devised, street and physical theatre, event, youth theatre, fire performance, pantomime and experimental work.
Following her Permaculture Design certificate in 2016, Mona undertook the MA (with distinction) in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College last year, renowned for its cutting-edge learning based around ecology and sustainability. Now back in Scotland, she’s putting her learning into practice, placing Nature, interconnectivity and authentic community engagement at the heart of her creative practice.
As a designer/maker, Mona engages herself holistically in her practice which actively instigates positive social and environmental change. This alternative approach to design provides sustainable tools to visually communicate ecological concepts to audiences to co-create new narratives in the entertainment industry for the future of our society and the planet.
Mona is interested in hearing about collaboration with peers who are interested in exploring community engagement within theatre making and merging ecological design thinking across disciplines.
As part of her creative practice, Mona is available to give eco interactive talks and as visiting lecturer at universities, workshops as facilitator, and eco consultant for organizations wishing to develop their understanding in Ecological Design Thinking within the creative industry.
Mona is a member of:
- 2016 SBTD BluePages ‘Scotland’s first living stage’ (co-written with Tanja Beer)
- Crowdfunding articles in French newspapers ‘Ouest France’ and ‘Le Telegramme’
- 2012 SBTD BluePages ‘Costume as starting point for devising performance‘
- The Stage Rising stars
- Creative & Cultural Skills Get into Theatre interview